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Monday, March 2, 2015

so, here’s my sneak peek

Our classroom is getting a facelift! 

We got bored during the recent power outage, so we pulled 98.732% (rough estimate) of the furniture out of the room & are giving the floor a pretty new look.

The foam/rubber mats were nice on the back & knees, but they didn’t stay flat.  Over the 2 years they were down, I had to cut out the puzzle piece sections to get them to lay flat.  I guess I mushed them down & stretched them out.  Whatever the reason, they are OUT! 

This is the only pic of the mats.  My little dog LOVES to be hot (note, she is wearing a coat!).  We have to put the heaters on tables to keep her from cuddling them.

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Last year, while thumbing magazines in a doctor’s waiting room, I saw this cute little DIY ad from Dutch Boy.  I did what most folks would do…whipped out my cell phone camera…

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Fast forward to now, I did a search & found this tute which is pretty similar, but also encompassing a base coat of paint (which the ad didn’t do). http://www.lovestitched.com/my-tutorial/how-to-paint-tile-floors-a-tutorial/ 

It looked like her tile was ceramic, mine was not, but had been primed before, so I knew the paint would work.

I decided to opt against the Epoxy style of product due to the potential smell and that it’s freezing cold outside. I am not opening the doors this time of year (unless the power goes out again).  I am using Glidden’s Porch & Floor (like the Dutch Boy product) mainly because it is easier to find here in my neck of the woods.

So, I cleaned the floor like a mad woman.  Bleach, hands & knees, scrub brush…I felt like Cinderella before the ball.

Then I primed- 2 coats with this:

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and now we have the first coat of this suede-ish brown.  It will be a nice dark chocolate when all the coats are on. 

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But you know me…I’m not going with just a brown floor. Oh NO! I’ll be putting some awesome stripes on this bad boy before it’s done!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

So you think I’d have some show and tell

After a week cooped up in the house, I know you are wondering how many projects I finished with all that time on my hands.  We had power at home from Sunday on, so there really was no excuse not to knock out some projects.

well….

it was a mini-vaca from working the first day or so [ok, I was resting the twisted knee from my ice capade}.

I cleaned my sewing room at the house.  That took a while.  Since it isn’t used much, it becomes a dumping ground for things in limbo.  That finished, I decided to finish an embroidery job I took last summer.  Yes, summer.  I don’t do embroidery for hire, but I do make some exceptions. 

We have 2 guilds close to me; one at Historic Rugby.  The Rugby Quilters are hosting their biannual quilt show April 10-11 and wanted new polos for the occasion.  Since I created the logo design a few years ago, they came and asked if I would embroider them again.  Where they went wrong was to say, “we are in no hurry.  We just want them by the quilt show.”  What do you do when you don’t like to do something?  Me, I procrastinate!  And summer turned to fall, fall to winter.  So, I finally hunkered down, took a day & completed all the shirts.  I treated myself to chocolate and a Mountain Dew when I got done as a prize for finishing.  Not that I deserved it after 7 months, but I did it anyway.

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Once I finished patting myself on the back for procrastinating, I made a denim throw rug for the kitchen.  It went into immediate service and I didn’t get a pic yet.  I used poly batting so it’s lofty-softy on the feet.  The dog thinks it’s her new bed.  It’s perfect for her, right at the stove for spilled grub & it’s comfy-cozy.  I make the mats out of denim squares (cut up jeans) & a scrap of whatever I grab out of the stash on the back.  Then I tie/tack it in every square with 3 strands of embroidery floss.  It’s all scraps, so when it wears out, gets stained, or we are tired of it, I just make another.  It’s easy to launder since there isn’t that rubbery backing that likes to crack & peel off in the dryer.  The last set lasted over 5 years.  I’ll try to remember to snap a pic tonight.

I also started on a jelly roll quilt using the new Bandana line.  It’s the last sample for my new pattern.  I am excited to show you more details soon!

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Then on a whim I decided that I could manage a little renovation at the shop in the cold.  Yes, I am a glutton for punishment sometimes.  I stripped the entire class room of contents, sans 2 tables and the longarm.  We’ll have a fresh new look to inspire us very soon; more on that later!

So, there’s a recap of what you missed in my little world.  Pepper in some B&B hosting of family who’s power was out, shoveling, limb piling, and knee resting.  It was a good week, all in all. 

Next week will be even better!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

So I promised I’d write…

Best laid plans of mice & men…

Just when I promised to rededicate myself to being a better blogger…Mother Nature gives me a forced time out.

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In the midst of all that timber are my power and phone lines to the shop.  Since we wanted the co-op’s to focus on getting folks back in their homes, we waited patiently all week.  Friday afternoon around 4pm, the angels arrived!  I am glad we were extra cautious crossing the lines all week.  They were HOT (bite you) as they lay waiting for the angels in the bucket trucks to arrive.

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The ice is really beautiful piled up on the branches & leaves, 

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but it is a helpless feeling standing inside just listening to the crack & fall of each limb.  Other than slips on the ice (yeah, ugh), there were no serious injuries.  Our Maples & Magnolia should survive and the temps have finally started to rise and start the thaw.  I suppose it’s funny to folks in colder climates how a southerner reacts to snow & ice, but it is what it is.  The shop was a constant 40 degrees inside by Wednesday.  I was able to keep our online sale going by bundling up & using the sunlight to measure.  I’m proud to say that online customers saw no delay in any of our services during our closure that burdened our local peeps.  It’s just how we roll.  We do what we can, where we can, the best we can.  Let the chips fall where they may.

So, I’m back, still promising to be a better blogger.  What did you do last week?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snow and wind are the order of the day

or so it seems

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The snow is powdery & easily drifting, so even though I did shovel, it may not look like it in an hour.

The sun has come out, so we are hoping that the ice will melt a bit.  Seems funny to hope for melting, since our low tonight is –10.  It’ll just be a new sheet of ice again soon.

We are blessed to have continual power & no frozen water lines, food in the house and a little dog to act as foot warmer.  Hope your blessings abound this week too!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

End of Bolt #Destash Sale

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Though we are snowed in (and boy is it cold), we are having a hot time with our End of Bolt sale!

Pop over to the Deal of the Day section of the website & see the current HOT deals!

Here’s how it works:  Each day I add a fabric that has less than 5 yards remaining.  When it sells out, I will replace it with a new one.  If it doesn’t sell by morning, I will add a fabric.  So, it’s Day 2 and there are now 2 HOT deals!

…and when I say HOT, I mean H-O-T!!  Prices are at least 60% off.  PLUS(++), you are buying the end of the bolt, which usually means Jackpot-extra inches!

so pop over to our destash sale & check it out.  I’m going to grab another cuppa Joe & head back to quilting!

Monday, February 16, 2015

My apologies to my neglected blog followers

Hello!  My name is Shannon and I am a bad blogger.

I have fallen victim to the ease and quickness of the Facebook post, Instagram upload & tweet.  The blank page of the blog post has become a source of writer’s block. 

I hope that you follow us on our other social media outlets and have been keeping up with our quilting exploits!

We have some big things on tap this year and I’m vowing to be a more consistent blogger for you!  I hope you can forgive me for my past indiscretions.

For today, I’ll share with you our biggest news.

We are completely redesigning our website to bring you a new, totally rad, shopping experience.  More on that as we get a bit closer.

I told you that story to tell you this one: You can help us make our new website go live faster and you can save a bunch of dough too.

We don’t really want to enter hundreds of bolts of fabric that have small amounts left.  We’d rather enter all the new fabrics! 

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So, we are having a bolt-end sale!

These bolts will have less than 5 yards on them & they will be priced to entice!

Each day we will add a new fabric to our Deal of the Day section.  If it sells before the day is out, we will add another right away.  But regardless of if it sells or not on the first day, we are adding another fabric the next morning.  Also, these are our bolt-ends.  Your chances are awesome that you’ll snap up some Jackpot-extra inches!

Our first fabric is this cute chicken coop print at over 60% off-just $4/yard!!!  There are 4 yards left.

Sharing is caring!  Hit a button below & share our good news!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It’s Batik Week! Save 40% on all batiks-all week

 

You’ve waited all year & it’s finally time!

It’s Batik Week!

We even up’d the ante this year, increasing your discount from 30% to 40%!!!

Nearly 60 batik yummies --even kits & precuts!

Shop early for your best selection.  Quantity is limited to our fabric on hand, so when it’s gone…it’s gone. 

and the best part…no coupons, no codes, just easy breezy shopping.

http://shop.fabricsnquilts.com/Deal-of-the-Day_c188.htm

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Also, please note, we will be closed December 1-4 for maintenance, so your shipment will be sent December 5th.  We appreciate you working with this delay as we grow!

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